Elephone U Review

20 February 2018, 17:15:48

Elephone U Review
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Design, build and controls

Even with the screen off, Elephone U impresses with its design. It resembles a lot the Galaxy S8/S8+ design and this feeling becomes even stronger after the screen goes on. The handset looks stylish and thin, which is enhanced by the symmetrical design of the front and back. The front of the smartphone is protected by a 3D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The backplate is made of metal and covered with 3D curved glass, too, creating a symmetrical profile. Then a thin and glaring sealing is applied to the cover followed by imprinting the Elephone logo on the surface by using a screen printing technology. The frame in-between them is made of a stainless steel alloy that reinforces the body. According to Elephone, the alloy is durable and pure at the same time. It has undergone extended polishing and has a lovely matte finish. Upon launch, the model is available in black and blue colours. We are reviewing a blue version. In the future, Elephone plans on launching two additional colours - red and grey. Elephone U feels very thin and lightweight. Indeed, this is the narrowest smartphone of those with a 5.99-6-inch display with a width measuring 72.5 mm. With the exception of the Mi MIX and Mi MIX 2, it is also the shortest smartphone with a display of that size class, measuring 154 mm in height. Its weight of 160 grammes is one of the lowest for devices with 6-inch screens and 3600 mAh batteries, while the thickness is a bit above average and measures 8.4 mm. The device is very pleasant to hold and comfortable to operate with one hand. Its glossy back surface is not slippery and the touch experience is excellent though it is prone to smudges due to fingerprints left on it. For sure, it is much more durable than the one on Elephone S7 that was easy to scratch. The display takes up 83.2% of the total front surface of the smartphone. It is protected by a 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Unlike other similar solutions with a 3D curved display, the one on Elephone U actually shows content well beyond the lateral curves. The panel has rounded corners and the bezels are not very thin, though this is not quite visible due to the curve. The forehead and chin are minimal. The forehead houses a proximity/light sensor, earpiece, front camera, LED notification light. The chin is bare and the navigation bar is onscreen only. Actually, the navigation solution on Elephone U is probably one the smartest gesture navigation solutions on a smartphone. The navigation bar, when visible is very subtle and stylish, and you can choose from four different design for it. However, you can hide it completely and use gestures to navigate. A simple swipe up from the left/right bottom area serves as a Back command, a swipe from the centre leads to the Home screen, and a swipe from the right/left opens the Task Manager. On the back, centrally along the vertical, the dual camera module is positioned. It includes the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is positioned in a place that's very easy to reach. The sensor itself has a large enough surface, which minimizes mistakes in locating it. The whole module does not protrude from the surface and is actually slightly indented inwards - in a way that serves as a protection when the device lies face up. The module is adjoined by a dual-tone LED flash to its right. At the bottom, there's the Elephone logo. Another crafty Elephone idea here is that this logo flashes as a LED notification light. which is very comfortable if your smartphone happens to be lying face down. The hybrid, dual-SIM tray is placed on the top frame leaving the left one empty. It is made of metal and can be easily pulled out and placed back in without a glitch. The Volume Up/Down and Power buttons are positioned on the right frame. They are made of metal and provide excellent tactile experience while not protruding much. The bottom frame houses a USB Type-C 2.0 port with OTG support. On both sides of the port, there are speaker grilles, but only the right one covers a speaker.

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